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Environmental News

Industry not fully maximising benefits presented by ISO 50001

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th May 2019 South African industries have not yet fully maximised the enormous benefits that the ISO 50001 standard presents for them, says National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) project manager Ngoanathari Maja. ISO 50001 provides a framework for managing energy performance and... 

Agri SA launches court proceedings against granting of shale gas exploration rights

By: Simone Liedtke     7th May 2019 Agricultural organisation Agri SA has launched court proceedings in the Pretoria High Court against the granting of environmental authorisations and explorations rights for shale gas to Africa-focused oil and gas exploration and development company Rhino Oil and Gas. Although the authorized... 

groundWork opposing Minister’s plan to weaken air pollution standards

By: Simone Liedtke     6th May 2019 Environmental justice group groundWork, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights, has launched High Court proceedings against Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and President Cyril Ramaphosa and is asking the court to set aside government’s plan to double the amount of... 

ANC wants banks to be forced to fund South African coal mines  

By: Bloomberg     6th May 2019 South Africa’s banks should be forced to invest in new coal mines in the country, the ruling African National Congress’s head of economic transformation said. Nedbank Group and Standard Bank Group have said “they are not going to put money in coal any more,” Enoch Godongwana said in an interview... 

ANC wants banks to be forced to fund South African coal mines

Eni to focus on saving African forests to offset CO2 emissions

By: Bloomberg     3rd May 2019 Eni's plan to offset emissions from its oil and gas operations will focus on working with African communities to prevent deforestation. The project is part of the Italian energy giant’s goal of removing the equivalent of 20-million tons a year of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere by 2030.... 

Green chemistry requires whole value chain approach

By: Schalk Burger     3rd May 2019 Green chemistry requires that the entire value chain be considered to ensure that the use and reclamation or disposal of chemicals are economically feasible, says multinational specialty chemicals producer Clariant South Africa head Nicol Meyer. Clariant’s local clients are receptive to using... 

Green chemistry requires whole value chain approach
NICOL MEYER Companies must engage customers and consumers to ensure that demand and practices are aligned to green chemistry practices

Anglo American a founding sponsor of the World Bank’s Climate Smart Mining fund

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd May 2019 Diversified miner Anglo American has stepped up as a founding donor to the World Bank’s Climate Smart Mining Facility. In a statement, the company indicated that this was the first-ever fund dedicated to making mining for metals and minerals a more sustainable practice that complements the energy... 

Election manifestos show inadequate concern for energy, environmental issues, say NGOs

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd May 2019 As election day approaches, environmental groups have expressed their disappointment at the lack of ambition on energy and environmental issues shown by key political parties, 350Africa.org said in a statement on Thursday. 350Africa.org supports grassroots-led movements in the fight against... 

Rhodes students’ idea puts them in line for $1m international prize

By: News24Wire      2nd May 2019 Four Rhodes University PhD Chemistry students have come out tops in the 2019 Hult Prize Challenge for their electronic and electrical waste management system, putting them in line to win a $1-million (about R14.3-million) startup injection for their business idea. Team E-Smart – Nobuhle Ndebele,... 

Activists slam South Africa's decision to pump water to coal mines

By: Bloomberg     30th April 2019 South African environmental groups have challenged the government’s decision to grant permission for a water project which aims to supply developments for its future coal reserves. Authorizing a part of the Mokolo Crocodile (West) Water Augmentation Project, which would pump water to the... 

Winter rains are starting later in the year – study

By: News24Wire      29th April 2019 The rainy season in South Africa’s winter rainfall region is starting later in the year than it used to, according to a study conducted at the University of Cape Town (UCT). But Waarith Abrahams, a master’s student at UCT’s Climate Systems Analysis Group who did the research, said further studies... 

Southern Cape Landowners Initiative to clear invasive plants from major river systems

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th April 2019 The Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI) and Table Mountain Fund will assist Garden Route landowners in the coming months in their efforts to clear ecological infrastructure, such as rivers, wetlands and seep lines, of invasive alien plants. The project, called the SCLI Cape Floristic... 

Southern Cape Landowners Initiative to clear invasive plants from major river systems
Kaaimans River, in the Southern Cape region

Overcoming backlogs with infrastructure upgrades

26th April 2019 A new, resilient and efficient approach to sanitation resource management is required to overcome the national backlog confronting South Africa’s sewage treatment infrastructure, says water solutions specialist Veolia Water Technologies South Africa marketing GM Chris Braybrooke. He adds that the... 

Overcoming backlogs with infrastructure upgrades
HEALTH HAZARD Underperforming sewage infrastructure is a health hazard and threatens the ecology of natural water sources

Scope to upgrade wastewater plants amid industry lull

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     26th April 2019 Owing to ageing infrastructure, overloaded treatment plant and poor maintenance, the water and wastewater infrastructure in South Africa is a dire situation. Government has had challenges on upgrading this infrastructure owing to numerous issues, particularly in the sewage and effluent sector. 

Scope to upgrade wastewater plants amid industry lull
CONSTANTLY EVOLVING Companies should consider looking into trends that can provide technological improvements for their in-house products

New technologies to increase wastewater plants’ capacity

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     26th April 2019 The East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) is implementing new technologies at its plants to increase the treatment capacity. ERWAT is set to commission the Nereda technology in June 2019 at the Hartebeestfontein wastewater treatment works (WWTW) to increase its capacity from 63-million litres a... 

New technologies to increase wastewater plants’ capacity
WASTE TREATED Wastewater should be seen as a valuable resource, as it can be reused

Global deforestation cut enough trees last year to cover Belgium

By: Bloomberg     25th April 2019 The world’s old-growth rainforests are shrinking at an alarming rate, with enough trees lost last year to cover all of Belgium or two Connecticuts, a new report shows. Tropical rainforests are found mainly in Equatorial countries, but they store vast amounts of carbon dioxide, so keeping them... 

Bank report points to transport being next decarbonisation frontier 

By: Terence Creamer     24th April 2019 Newly released research by international banking group HSBC outlines a scenario for reducing transport emissions by 76% by 2040 through combining technology and regulation in a way that results in electricity, hydrogen and biofuels replacing oil as the primary fuel feedstock across transport... 

Bank report points to transport being next decarbonisation frontier

Nearly R3bn in investment raised for Cape Town, Western Cape in 2018/19

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2019 The Western Cape’s investment promotion agency Wesgro said on Tuesday it had helped secure R2.85-billion in investments in the province during the 2018/19 financial year which would be realised over a five year period and create nearly 1 000 jobs. It said this followed a successful fourth quarter... 

Nearly R3bn in investment raised for Cape Town, Western Cape in 2018/19

Standard Bank shareholders to vote on climate-risk exposure reporting resolution

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th April 2019 Shareholders of financial services provider Standard Bank will, at the bank's next annual general meeting, vote on a resolution tabled by two shareholders to require the bank to report on its exposure to climate risk in its lending, financing and investment activities. "This is the first time... 

Agri SA applauds Santam donation to drought relief fund

By: African News Agency      18th April 2019 Agricultural industry association Agri SA on Thursday applauded a donation from financial services group Santam to help drought-stricken farmers in the Northern Cape province. It said the drought in Sutherland had caused a devastating decline in the sheep breeding population and placed the town’s... 

Agri SA applauds Santam donation to drought relief fund

Acumen closes $70m impact fund for clean energy in Africa

By: Bloomberg     17th April 2019 Jacqueline Novogratz’s impact investing group closed an almost $70-million fund to back companies delivering affordable and renewable energy to mostly poor consumers in East Africa. KawiSafi Ventures seeks to bring clean energy to ten-million people with investments in fast-growing companies... 

Cape Town in good position even if winter rains are poor – deputy mayor

By: News24Wire      16th April 2019 Dam levels are 10% higher than the City of Cape Town's projections for the end of summer so the city is in a good position even if the coming winter rains turn out to be below average, says deputy mayor Ian Neilson. "And the water consumption by Cape Town is well under the target we set of... 

Cape Town in good position even if winter rains are poor – deputy mayor

Activists push South African pension funds to tally climate costs  

By: Bloomberg     15th April 2019 Pension funds in South Africa have a legal obligation to account for the financial effects of climate change on their investments, according to two groups lobbying money managers to pay closer attention to the issue. Shareholder activists Just Share and environmental law organisation ClientEarth... 

Mantashe urges continued investment in clean coal tech   

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th April 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Friday commended Sasol for the “good work” it was doing and the opening of its new Impumelelo Colliery. He said it was notable that the opening of the mine came at a time when coal is under siege and that it should counter the narrative that coal is... 

Mantashe urges continued investment in clean coal tech
Sasol executive director and joint president and CEO Stephen Cornell provides details of the new Impumelelo colliery. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

World Bank puts Mozambique's economic losses from Cyclone Idai at up to $773m

By: Reuters     11th April 2019 The World Bank estimates the direct economic losses from Cyclone Idai in Mozambique to range from $656-million to $773-million, covering damage to buildings, infrastructure and agriculture, a note sent out via the United Nations said on Thursday. In the note, dated April 4, the World Bank said... 

World Bank puts Mozambique's economic losses from Cyclone Idai at up to $773m

'Cash For Trash' idea nets Johannesburg entrepreneur R1m prize money 

By: African News Agency      10th April 2019 Johannesburg-based entrepreneur Mary-Ann Mandishona on Tuesday became an instant millionaire when she won R1-million in prize money through her "Cash4Trash" sustainability business idea in the first-ever Redefine Properties "Innovation Challenge". The Redefine Properties "Innovation Challenge" is... 

Corruption has eroded pillars of democracy – report   

By: Sane Dhlamini     10th April 2019 While South Africans commemorate the late freedom fighter Chris Hani, who was assassinated 26 years ago, civil society organisation Corruption Watch on Wednesday released a report on how corruption has eroded the pillars of democracy. This comes before South Africans cast their votes on May 8 in... 

Corruption has eroded pillars of democracy – report
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Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis

Cost of decarbonising global energy system falls sharply, new report shows 

By: Terence Creamer     9th April 2019 Rapidly falling renewable-energy costs, together with emerging opportunities to electrify other energy end-uses such as transportation and heating, are continuing to reduce the investment premium associated with placing the world on a more climate-friendly path, a new international report... 

Cost of decarbonising global energy system falls sharply, new report shows

Tanzania to ban single-use plastics by July - Environment Minister

By: Reuters     8th April 2019 Tanzania plans to ban the production, importation, sale and use of all single-use plastic bags by July, to help tackle pollution from non-biodegradable waste. The East African nation is the latest country to make a formal commitment to phase out single-use non-biodegradable plastics, which have... 

SRK outlines environmental considerations for Brulpadda gas extraction

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2019 SRK Consulting environmental assessment practitioner Sue Reuther says although news of the large Brulpadda gas find off South Africa’s southern coast holds economic potential, the project could take ten years to reach production and all environmental risks would first need to be considered for... 

Digital tech can improve client and project interaction

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Professional services firm WSP is finding more opportunities to use emerging digital technologies in delivering engineering and infrastructure projects globally, points out WSP in Africa MD Mathieu du Plooy. This involves the managing of information and data, designing and collaboration efforts... 

Digital tech can improve client and project interaction
MATHIEU DU PLOOY WSP’s focus on the African continent is more sector-based than geographical. We will follow the countries where the need is pressing

Environmental plan for South African segment of SKA radio telescope gazetted

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao) has announced that the Integrated Environmental Management Plan (IEMP) for the Phase 1 of the Square Kilometre Array mid-frequency array (SKA1_MID) was gazetted recently by Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane. The SKA is an... 

Consulting firm shifts to public-sector partner role

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Multinational engineering consultancy Aurecon sees a need to shift the group’s role from that of consultant for engineering design and delivery to being more of a partner to government, specifically in the capacity of adviser and decision-maker on important infrastructural challenges. This will... 

Consulting firm shifts to public-sector partner role
GREEN BUILDINGS The next for green buildings will be the integration the Internet of Things and consistent use of technology through the life cycle of an asset

Call made for fundamental changes to way societies manage chemicals

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2019 While manufactured chemicals have helped to improve human health, food security, productivity and quality of life worldwide, sound management and innovations in chemistry are essential for sustainable development. This was the central message of UN Environment acting executive director and... 

Call made for fundamental changes to way societies manage chemicals

Education important for future of industry – Cesa  

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Consulting engineering association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather says introducing new technology subjects at technical high schools will play a critical role in preparing future generations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the general consulting... 

Education important for future of industry – Cesa
Consulting Engineers South Africa president Neresh Pather & Gauteng Road & Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi discuss education and technology in consulting engineering. Camerawork and Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

A tiny beetle is killing an urban forest and there's no solution

By: Bloomberg     3rd April 2019 A black beetle the size of a sesame seed is killing South Africa’s trees, and no one knows how to stop it. After arriving from Southeast Asia about four years ago, the polyphagous shot-hole borer has spread a thousand miles across South Africa, from the eastern city of Pietermaritzburg, where it... 

Central banks are thinking greener as climate change hits policy

By: Bloomberg     2nd April 2019 Climate change is increasingly affecting the world’s central banks and their monetary policies. At a time when students around the globe are urging governments, companies and citizens to protect the environment, awareness is growing among currency guardians that weather disruptions, carbon... 

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